To Forgive or to Not Forgive…That is a Question Indeed

To forgive or not to forgive…

A question indeed

But what of the apology


‘Tis of little consequence it seems…

When the past surfaces

To upset ambitious dreams


And when the single question becomes plural…

Invocations of multiple possibilities

Adding layers and complexity


Did the capture induce the confession…

Comprehension of indignation

When the victims start naming names


The shattering of a pattern…

Denials, delays, and disinformation

Too often supplemented with “but” to justify


Acknowledging, but only when caught…

Reveals the flaw of character

And immediate expectations of forgiveness


Can words justify a heinous action…

When harsh punishment

Seems an appropriate choice


Modernistic versions of redemption…

Temporarily halting indiscretions

As a safety net for their reputation


Yet what becomes of the aggrieved…

Balancing the scales

Requires mutual investment


Perhaps amnesty is the actual objective…

A pardon without obligation

Nor reparations


As if the words,” I’m sorry”…

Possess magical properties

To fix what was broken


Mending a wound that cannot be healed…

Unviolating the violated

Pouring wine in a cracked carafe


But when the venue is a public stage…

Attention seeking behavior

Spun to encircle a sympathetic chorus


Does the apology have another meaning…

Self-preservation often noted

Or to maintain a role in the great charade


Has the hurt been fully integrated…

Internalization and suppression

Add insult to injury


Should pain be dismissed so easily…

By the words of a culprit

Caught between iron and stone


Are a few words an acceptable substitute…

For irreparable harm inflicted

The damage can’t be undone


Can a debt be cancelled…

Without compensation

Either real or imagined


Indeed, the hypocrisy stands for measure…

Width and breadth of a glacier

Mostly hidden beneath the waves


I say nay to the privateers…

Seeking to steal a clean concious

From those who’ve they harmed

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

4 thoughts on “To Forgive or to Not Forgive…That is a Question Indeed

  • November 7, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Nicely penned and expressed Ralph. People develop many strategies in answer to their wrongs, and in the end it cannot placate the truth. Yet forgiveness personally, is the answer to be able to step away and move on. People may be able to forgive, but when betrayed rarely can it be forgotten. Great work

  • November 7, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    To forgive is to bring freedom to walk away. Yet some things just cannot be forgotten. Very well expressed, Ralph. Great work indeed.

  • November 8, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Ralph I simply loved these two stanzas “As if the words,” I’m sorry”…Possess magical properties
    To fix what was broken. Mending a wound that cannot be healed…Unviolating the violated, Pouring wine in a cracked carafe.” And I’m sorry does not often mean exactly what it implies. Often times things can be forgiven but not forgotten like both Tony and Phyllis stated already. Nice work.

  • November 10, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    I guess I’m a bit angry at the faux stage show called “Apology Hollywood.” This needs to stop, and now.


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